Falcons dominate PHS, roll to victory

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

CODY KUHN, Plymouth wide receiver, eludes Sheboygan Falls defenders en route to an 11-yard touchdown run in Friday’s football game. The Falcons’ Devin Knapp is pictured left. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CODY KUHN, Plymouth wide receiver, eludes Sheboygan Falls defenders en route to an 11-yard touchdown run in Friday’s football game. The Falcons’ Devin Knapp is pictured left. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Big plays on offense, combined with a very physical and intense effort fueled the Sheboygan Falls Falcons’ 29- 7 drubbing of the Plymouth Panthers here Friday night in a battle of county arch-rivals.

The nonconference win upped the Falcons’ record to 2-0. PHS slipped to 1-1 on the season.

The Panthers were unable to match Falls’ physicality and intensity on either side of the ball and it played a key role in the dominance of the contest by the Falcons. Falls outgained PHS by a whopping 436-100 in total offensive yardage.

The Falcons’ punishing ground attack piled up 306 yards, led by junior running back Simon Bifano. Bifano slammed his way for 124 yards on 24 carries, aided by a strong performance from the offensive line which which gave away much size to Plymouth’s defensive front.

“They played with more desire and heart then we did,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus.

“When we fell behind 22-7 we lost flow on offense. The deficit took us out of our offense a bit. Give them all the credit for playing there tempo and not turning the ball over.”

The Falcons scored on just the third play of the game when quarterback Jared Petrie raced 68 yards for a touchdown on a scramble on third down and 7. Brandon Senglaub kicked the PAT, giving Falls a 7-0 lead.

PHS answered with a six-play, 60-yard TD drive, capped off by wide receiver Cody Kuhn’s 11- yard scamper. Gavin Falk added the PAT to tie the game, 7-7, with 7:40 left in the first quarter.

Running back Erik Ohman’s 28-yard run to the Falcons’ 12 keyed the series. Running back Derek Novotny kick-started the drive with a 21-yard run.

The Falcons answered with a 60-yard scoring strike from Petrie to wide receiver Lucas Kaland on third down and 14 at the 3:08 mark in the opening period. Kaland broke a tackle on the way to paydirt. Senglaub’s PAT made it 14-7.

PHS went three plays and out on its next possession. The Falcons set up at their 39 following a punt. The Falcons marched 61 yards in 12 plays and scored on Bifano’s 8-yard powerful burst up the middle with 6:41 left until halftime.

On the extra-point try, the snap wasn’t handled by Petrie who then threw to Michael Fischer who fumbled in the end zone. Falls’ Maxwell Kuplic recovered the ball for a two-point conversion and a 22-7 score.

Falls salted the game away with a 4-yard TD run by running back Bailey Fetterer with 11:11 left to play. The big play in the nine-play, 53-yard series was a 21-yard run by Fetterer.

“I thought the two big plays early in the game on third and long were the key turning point in momentum. Falls played with great confidence and intensity from that point on,” Knaus pointed out.

“This game has a lot of history. It’s still a rivalry game even though it’s not a conference game, and that’s why we keep it. I love this [rivalry] game,” said Falcon head coach Brian Berlin.

“This was a great test for us. It’s a great steppingstone for us. We played well. It was a team effort.

Berlin thought his team was more physical than PHS which was a key to his team’s win. He was very pleased with his running game and defense.

“For us to be successful, we have to run the ball. It starts us front. They [offensive linemen] did the job,” said Berlin.

“Gavin Falk is a great quarterback and we wanted to make sure we kept him under control and in the pocket. I think he is more dangerous out of the pocket.

“We were going to take away the run, and if they beat us throwing, then they earned it,” said the Falls coach.

Falk was bottled up most of the night and finished the game with four carries for minus-9 yards. Falls did a nice job of covering the PHS receivers and pressuring Falk which made it difficult for PHS to get its passing game going.

“It’s our job as coaches to get these guys ready for East Central Conference play. We will be ready with such a big conference game to start conference play,” said Knaus whose team will host Berlin Friday at 7 p.m.

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